Local Student Mathletes® to Compete in Math Contest Saturday

February 7, 2013

Peoria, Illinois (February 6, 2013) – Middle school Mathletes® from Peoria and Tazewell County schools will compete in local contests of the national MATHCOUNTS® program on Saturday in Bradley Hall on the Bradley University campus.  The competition has been organized by the Peoria Area Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) and the Caterpillar College of Engineering & Technology at Bradley.

Approximately 125 students from 17 schools will compete.  Schools represented are: Dunlap Middle, Dunlap Valley, Norwood Elementary, Bartonville Grade School, Rolling Acres Edison Junior Academy, Central Junior High School (East Peoria), Washington Middle School (Washington), Quest Charter Academy, Peoria Academy, Washington Gifted School (Peoria), Manual Middle High School, Sterling Middle School, Charles Lindbergh Middle School, Limestone Walters Grade School, Beverly Manor Junior High School, Lincoln School (Peoria), and Mark Bills Middle School.

Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since the fall.  Students will compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches.  Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry.  Winners will receive awards and will advance to the State MATHCOUNTS finals, to be held in Lisle, Illinois on March 9, 2013.

MATHCOUNTS is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students.  The program focuses on middle school students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability.  Students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.

The 2013 MATHCOUNTS competition program will consist of approximately 40,000 students, representing more than 5,500 schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Department of Defense and State Department affiliated schools.

Local sponsors include the Illinois American Water Company, McDonalds,Hermann & Associates, Farnsworth Group, Whitney & Associates, Austin Engineering, Hanson Engineers, and Midwest Engineering Associates.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available atwww.mathcounts.org.